CREDability Road Show- 22nd March 18.00 –21.30

CREDability road show is an informative event for anyone working across the Youth Sector. There will be information stands from disability organisations with resources to take away. There will also be workshops to help Youth Workers to develop their Inclusive Youth Work of children and young people who have a disability. Click here for more information.

If you have any questions about the event please contact:Helen McVitty-O’Hara on 07796797571 or email:



Parent/teen communication- 2 day training course

This 2-day workshop style course will be beneficial for those wishing to develop and extend their knowledge in the area of parent/teen communication as part of their role in the wider community in the Northern Trust area.

Topics include

  • Overview on general teenage development
  • Exploring practical ways in communication between parents & teenagers may be enhanced
  • Recognising the rights and needs of parents & teenagers.
  • Exploring the impact that positive parenting has on building self-esteem in teenagers.
  • Looking at issues around puberty and sexual health

To register your interest or download an application form, please go to and click on the BOOK NOW button for this course. Click here for more information.


Empower Free Family Fun Day

Empower invite you to their free family fun day which will be held on the 21st January. This event is specifically designed for children under the age of 12 who have, or are yet to be diagnosed with, Autism, Dyslexia & Dyspraxia and their siblings. Click here for more information.


Exploring Educational Underachievement in the North Down Area

Interested parents, community and youth partners, academics and other stakeholders are warmly invited to a Seminar, to come  together to explore the issue of educational underachievement in the North Down area on:

Thursday 2nd February 2017 in Aurora Leisure Centre, Bangor 9.30am – 1.30pm

The aim of the initial event is to explore the degree of under achievement in the area, understand the range of factors which can contribute to educational under achievement, and to consider what can be collectively done towards addressing the issue.  Child care can be provided for parents interested in attending the event.

Please see the attached invitation for further information.

To register for the seminar, send a completed reply slip to by Friday 27th January 2017.

Consultation on proposals for the Updated Multiple Deprivation Measure

As part of its work to update the current Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM 2010), NISRA is consulting users about the proposed indicators to be included in the forthcoming measure, referred to as NIMDM 2017.

The key consultation questions along with relevant considerations are contained in Sections 9 to 16 of the Consultation Document, which present proposals for each of the seven separate domains that are incorporated within the deprivation measures (i.e. income; employment; health and disability; education, skills and training; access to services; living environment; and crime and disorder).

The consultation invites your views on the responses in respect of (i) each of the recommendations that arose from the 2010 Deprivation update and (ii) the proposed indicators in each of the NIMDM 2017 domains. In addition, it seeks your views on whether the current domain weights still reflect current priorities and invites you to outline how you are affected by, or have used or intend to use, the deprivation measures.

If you would prefer to use an alternative way to respond or indeed require further information, please contact the Deprivation Team (email deprivation.NISRA@finance‑ or telephone 028 9034 8271) who will be happy to answer any queries that you may have regarding the consultation.

The Deprivation Team recognises that the updated measures, which are planned for release in mid-2017, will be hugely important to a variety of interested parties and users. Accordingly, we actively encourage you to take part in this important consultation and look forward to receiving your response. A summary report detailing all of the responses to the consultation will be made available, in due course, on NISRA’s Deprivation web page.